MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS – TWO BROTHERS HIKE IN RIO DE JANEIRO

MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS – TWO BROTHERS HIKE IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Morro Dois Irmãos is one of the best hikes in Rio de Janeiro, boasting incredible views of Ipanema beach and Rio’s cityscape from the summit. Dois Irmaos in English translates to Two Brothers which refers to the two iconic mountain peaks at this location.

One of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro is getting high above the city for that postcard view and perfect Instagram shot. (You can see my post on Instagram from Morro Dois Irmaos over here). The Dois Irmaos hike goes above and beyond and I guarantee when you reach the summit after a short 45-minutes of hiking, it will exceed your expectations!

 

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WHERE IS MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS

The trailhead to Dois Irmaos Rio is located at the very top of the hill in the Vidigal neighbourhood. Vidigal is about a ten-minute drive from Ipanema beach and there are local buses that can be hailed down along the esplanade to reach the entrance to Vidigal. From here I recommend jumping on the back of a motorbike taxi that will take you to the top of the hill which costs only 5 Reals each way.

Alternatively, you can jump in a taxi or an Uber to take you to the entrance of Vidigal, though I don’t recommend taking a car to the top of the hill as the streets are very narrow and always congested. It’s much better to switch out of the taxi or Uber and take one of the moto-taxis to the starting point of Dois Irmaos. All you have to say to the moto-taxi driver is ‘Dois Irmaos’ or ‘a trilha’ which means trail in Portuguese and they will know where to drop you.

Before you go, note that Vidigal is one of the many favelas in Rio de Janeiro and known to be a pretty rough area. I would only recommend doing the Dois Irmaos hike during daylight hours to ensure your safety. From my personal experience, I didn’t feel unsafe or threatened as I didn’t actually have to walk through the favelas as the moto-taxi took me right to where the hike begins.

The trailhead to Morro Dois Irmãos begins right next to a football court at the top of the hill in Vidigial. See the map below for the precise entry point.

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Entry point to Morro Dois Irmãos

HIKING MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS

The trail to the summit of Dois Iramãos Rio de Janeiro is not an easy one nor is it a hard one. It’s quite flat in some areas and it can be steep, slippery and muddy in others. The hike will take the average person at least forty-five minutes to reach the top and the first three-quarters of the trail is shaded under the forest canopy. There are a number of awesome viewpoints on the left-hand side of the trail as you approach the top that are well worth stopping at to take in the view and rehydrate.

It does get hot and humid so pack plenty of water as there won’t be anywhere to buy any once you begin the Morro Dois Irmaos hike.

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The jungle trail to Dois Irmaos

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THE SUMMIT OF MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS

The trail emerges out from underneath the forest canopy and the blistering sun strikes as a bit of a shock. Continue walking up the ridge for about ten-minutes across the bare rock and through the shrub until you reach the summit of the Two Brothers Rio peak.

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At the summit, you’ll be greeted with one of the best 360-degree panoramic viewpoints you’ve ever seen! A large sloping rockface at the top of Dois Irmaos is where to take the best pictures from, though do be careful because it is a long way down, 533m to be exact.

Enjoy extensive views of Rio de Janeiro, its beaches and the surrounding mountain ranges before you make the hike back to Vidigal.

The way down is along the exact same trail and it takes around thirty minutes to reach the start of the trailhead. If you can’t spot any moto-taxis right away, head down the hill along the main road until you spot one and hail them down for a ride back to the bottom of the hill. Again, the cost of a moto-taxi is 5 Reals.

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WHERE TO STAY IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Rio de Janeiro has thousands of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my favourite places to stay in Rio de Janeiro to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema

  • This luxury 5-star hotel is located right on the edge of Rio’s most famous beach, Ipanema. The Sofitel features an outdoor pool, sauna, spa and gym, all with panoramic views of the ocean and Rio’s skyline. The rooms are spacious, stylish and comfortable with free wifi and breakfast is included.

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Mid Range: Atlantis Copacabana Hotel

  • A 3-star hotel centrally located next to Copacabana beach and Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Atlantis features an outdoor terrace and a rooftop swimming pool. Free wifi is available at the hotel and a buffet breakfast is included. Each room offers cable TV, spacious living, air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Perfect for couples and families.

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Budget: Solar Hostel Beach Copacabana

  • Rated one of the best hostels in Rio, ideally located at Copacabana beach. This budget hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms, perfect for solo backpackers, friends and couples. There is a shared kitchen at this property and free wifi. For $8 a night, it’s pretty hard to beat!

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Airbnb Rio de Janeiro: Another option is to stay in an Airbnb, which has some great deals in Rio – Get your $40 Airbnb discount here!

 

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